Skender Luarasi What is the point of looking back at Le Corbusier’s Modulor in this digital day and age? Let me start with what appears as an antithesis. In Le Modulor Le Corbusier proposes a universal apparatus that provides what today we would call topological continuity: My dream is to […]

On the Advantages and Disadvantages of Instrumentality for Architecture

Skender Luarasi Gary He The contributions in this issue of Paprika deal with the question of instruments and instrumentalization in design and architecture. There is no architecture without instruments, and perhaps, there is no architecture which is not instrumental. The contributions in this issue respond to three formulations, modalities, or […]

UQAM: From State Symbol to State of Opposition

Pierre Thach (M.Arch ’18) The year 1963 marked a turning point in the history of education in Quebec. That year, the Royal Commision of Inquiry proposed to increase accessibility to higher education by encouraging student participation in university decision-making. As one of the main institutions created in the wake of […]

‘Other’ Activism

Jacqueline Hall  (M.Arch & MEM ’18) During the panel, “The Aesthetics of the Other: Alienation, Estrangement, and Unfamiliarity,” of the “Aesthetic Activism” symposium, three artists, Gregory Crewdson, Caroline Picard, and Pamela Rosenkranz spoke about their work. It has happened a few times before in my years at YSoA, but as […]

Current Location

Nicholas de Monchaux, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Director, Berkeley Center for New Media, University of California, Berkeley. Adapted from the introduction to Local Code: 3,659 Proposals about Data, Design, and the Nature of Cities. (Princeton Architectural press, 2016).   —— Let’s consider two things. The first: over […]

Instrument/ality: Instru/mentality

Peggy Deamer It seems clear to me, and I believe to the editors of this Paprika, that the “Advantages’” or “Disadvantages” of instrumentality in architecture depend, first and foremost, on whether you are indeed speaking about instruments aiding architectural production (parallel rule, software, conventions of representation, contracts, etc.) or architecture […]

Rethinking the Synthesis of Form as an Objectively Subjective Design Process

Christopher Leung (M.Arch ’17) The design problems that architects face are never easy. They are interconnected, fast-paced and often far too complex for the individual designer’s mental capacity. Given these realities, the architect often resorts to either an oversimplification of the problem or an over-reliance on design intuition. The architecture […]

On Technology as Revealing of Truth

Martin Man (M.Arch ’19) In his 1977 essay ‘The Question Concerning Technology’, German philosopher Martin Heidegger addresses modern technology and its essence as an instrumental way of revealing the world. That is to say, we conceive of modern technology as means to achieve ends. As instrumental, the essence of technology […]

Instruments, Efficacy, Value

Phil Bernstein Rudolph Hall is chock-a-block with digital toys, and Yale has always been in some vanguard of the digital turn in architecture. Our graduates often emerge surprised that the real world of practice is far less electronically enthusiastic, the toy box considerably shrunken in the office and the jobsite. […]

135 Years of Nanomaterials

Peter Yeadon Yeadon Space Agency For those of us who tend to think of architecture as something that is made, there is nothing more instrumental to the field than matter, in the form of materials that react to gravity, heat, light, pressure, electromagnetism, and our imagination. And, without a doubt, […]


Daniel Marty  (M.Arch ’17) Look at your big toe. Really look at it. When defining a dissident brand of surrealism, Georges Bataille used the big toe to illustrate that despite the obvious functional instrumentality of it (a balancing appendage), there are conveniently ignored mundane and gritty qualities that operate abnormally […]

The Parallèle and The Parliament

Nicolas Kemper  (M.Arch ‘16) Volume 02: Fold 10 | December 8, 2016 In 1770 historian, architect and French academician David Leroy added to the second edition of his bombshell and bestseller Les Ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grece a single plate with plans in a single scale of […]